By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRI – Retired police officers from the South-East and South-South geo-political zones of the country have appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan to look into the lingering issue of non-payment of pensions to those who were not yet 10 years in service when the war ended in 1970.
The appeal was contained in a letter captioned, Non-payment of Pension to Some War-affected Police Officers, signed by Godspower Ejiofor, Celestine Anyaeri, Cosmas Onuoha, Patrick Ucheoma and Benson Ohabuiro.
“Sir, we are mere victims of circumstances. During the grant of amnesty to the affected persons, no further condition was attached as to warrant any discrimination against some people,” aggrieved ex-police officers pleaded with the President.
According to them, “this discrimination is unfair and an injustice to old and weak people.
“We did not voluntarily retire from service, neither did we refuse to be re-absorbed into the Nigeria Police Force at the end of the civil war.”
The ex-servicemen equally pleaded with the President that they be allowed to enjoy pension with their colleagues who were favoured in the amnesty proclamation.
Vanguard recalls that former President Olusegun Obasanjo granted and announced amnesty for war-affected police officers from the South-East and South-South zones on May 29, 2000.